A Kinder, Gentler Kindle and a Better Way to Recycle

Every now and then Design News likes to revisit some of our favorite Gadget Freak projects. Robotic hands, manipulated Kindles, and smart recycling cans round out the latest crop.

Rob Spiegel

May 30, 2016

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A Kinder, Gentler Kindle and a Better Way to Recycle

All of these projects include a video, complete build instructions, pictures to guide the build, and a full bill of materials. Today's collection includes everything from a smart bike that shifts itself to the Frankenkindle -- an easier-to-use Kindle for the special-needs community.

Do you have a cool, original, homemade gadget collecting dust in your garage? Give us the details at DesignNews.com/GF, and you may receive $500 and entry into our Gadget Freak of the Year contest for a chance to win $6,000!

Will you build one of these cool gadgets? Tell us in the comments section below!

Click the robotic hand to begin the slideshow:

Adam Allevato and his fellow mechanical engineering students at Colorado State University created a human-like hand that can be operated in environments that are toxic to humans. Click here.


Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 15 years, 12 of them for Design News. Other topics he has covered include supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cyber security. For 10 years he was owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.

About the Author(s)

Rob Spiegel

Rob Spiegel serves as a senior editor for Design News. He started with Design News in 2002 as a freelancer and hired on full-time in 2011. He covers automation, manufacturing, 3D printing, robotics, AI, and more.

Prior to Design News, he worked as a senior editor for Electronic News and Ecommerce Business. He has contributed to a wide range of industrial technology publications, including Automation World, Supply Chain Management Review, and Logistics Management. He is the author of six books.

Before covering technology, Rob spent 10 years as publisher and owner of Chile Pepper Magazine, a national consumer food publication.

As well as writing for Design News, Rob also participates in IME shows, webinars, and ebooks.

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